V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, adjective

Definition: (n.) one who does not definitively deny or confirm the existence of God; (adj.) uncertain of claims to knowledge

Synonyms: (n.) non-believer, freethinker, skeptic, (adj.) unbelieving, uncertain

Antonyms: (n.) believer, theist, atheist, (adj.) certain, convinced

Tips: Agnostic is derived from the Greek agnostos, which means "unknowable." Agnostic may be used literally, to refer to the existence of God and to unwillingness to take a position on a subject, or it may be used figuratively, especially in business. For example: "When it comes to computer operating systems, I am technologically agnostic. I like both Windows and Mac/OS."

Usage Examples:

I am an agnostic, not an atheist: I'm not convinced that God exists, but I'm not convinced that He doesn't. (freethinker, skeptic) noun

Kelly is agnostic about life on other planets. (uncertain, skeptical) adjective

Larry says it is impossible to determine whether Macs or PCs are better because "better" is such a subjective term, and so his friends have dubbed him a computer agnostic. (freethinker) noun

Because he was agnostic, he thought the convictions of both his religious and his atheist friends were misplaced. (non-believer, skeptic) adjective

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